ACUTV co-produced with ESPN in broadcasting the men’s basketball game on Tuesday for the first time in ACU history.
Student employees worked with ESPN in the control room. Due to the high demand, there were 20 employees working, which is double the regular staff. Local broadcasters Grant Boone and Ron Holmes commentated the game.
Hutton Harris, director of ACUTV, said this is a great opportunity to get ACU’s name out to people who may have never heard of the school before.
“It has the potential to attract athletes, especially who might want to play football or basketball or just any sports,” Harris said. “The exposure really helps on a national level.”
Harris said the event will have a huge impact on ACUTV student workers.
“It’s really for me to give them that opportunity to put on their resume that they’ve worked with ESPN,” Harris said. “It gives them a little bit of experience that might give them an edge once they graduate.”
Four conference games in the spring semester will be televised through ESPN with ACUTV.
“Ultimately I think it’s exciting for the student-athletes, especially those whose parents don’t necessarily live in Texas,” Harris said. “This way they’ll get to watch them on a regional or national level and that’s just really exciting.”